Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Croton Point, Spring

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My original intention was to paint at Black Rock Park. But an aggressive, scum-encrusted swan chased me away. Three times! Did you know that swans growl? I can only think that he must have a nest in the vicinity. Which excuses his behavior a bit. None of that is about this painting, though, which was my second-choice view, from a peaceful, fowl-free spot on the Hudson. I’ve always loved how the willows on Croton Point glow in the springtime.
Unless it sells in the next few days, this painting will be hanging at the Green Growler in Croton for the month of May, along with several other recent pieces. Reception info to come soon!

Monday, April 28, 2014

On the Way to School

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I like for my daughter to walk to school on days as nice as these, but there are just some mornings when we don’t get out the door in time. When I do have to drive her, this view, with the flowering cherries and magnolias, and the Hudson River in the distance, always makes me exclaim, “LOOK at that!”

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Baby

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This little lamb is one of several babies born recently at Muscoot Farm. Some of them had to be only a few days old, with their shaky legs and baggy skin. This tiny one was old enough to stand steadily and look at us with the sweetest expression, which my daughter captured perfectly in the wonderful photo on which I based this painting. It’s fun to observe lambs and ewes for a while; you realize that the lambs and moms call to each other. The good mamas recognize their babies’ calls and stand up, tired as they may be, find their lambs, and feed them.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Violets


Happy spring! I didn't have much time yesterday, but I managed to squeeze in a quick little painting. Violets might be my favorite spring flower after apple blossoms, and they're blooming like crazy right now. I tried eating one (I just learned that they're edible), but it had no taste. I'll just stick to painting them, I guess.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Swim Team No. 2

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I was originally taken with the afternoon light and reflections at this end of the pool. But as I painted, what I found myself focusing on and really enjoying was getting the gestures of the kids’ bodies right, so that they’re recognizable as individuals.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hudson Sunset

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My daughter and I raced down to the river’s edge one night recently, hoping to catch the colors, which were going fast. That stripe of pale turquoise is what made this sunset so spectacular for me. The structure in the foreground is an empty marina that will shortly be full of boats; hopefully a few of them will have some character.